11 Benefits to young people for volunteering abroad on a School Trip

Overseas adventure brings learning to life!

An African adventure brings learning to life for young people. It will stretch comfort zones, teach life skills and expand minds outside the classroom. It will challenge boundaries and expose your group to the real Africa. The aim of each school trip abroad is to promote a sense of adventure, leadership, responsibility and international understanding, preparing young people to meet challenges of the future with confidence and compassion.

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Help young people build confidence and compassion

What are the benefits to young people of doing a volunteer project?

  • opportunity to improve team-building, leadership and motivation within a group
  • encourage transferrable skills and develop an understanding of the world
  • exposed to new and stimulating situations
  • encouraged to plan, research and learn about new countries, cultures and priorities
  • encourage student personal development and self-fulfillment set in a unique and dramatic backdrop of Africa.
  • improve career prospects and help to stand out from the crowd
  • build confidence, both now and for the future
  • experience two cultures interacting in harmony with a common aim
  • a fun side too – white water rafting, bungee jumping, canoeing, fishing, quad biking etc
  • opportunity to set up a blog about the trip, and use social media
  • opportunity to fundraise for the trip, & try different ideas and suggestions – this may sound daunting at first, but may end up as fun too!

A group volunteer project with Amanzi Travel is a school trip abroad out of the ordinary!

Zanzibar Teaching volunteer with school travel
School trip volunteering at Zanzibar Teaching project

Example 1 – Academy in Scotland : 15 – 18 year olds

A recent example for Amanzi Travel was arranging for a group of 17 students from an academy in Scotland, aged 15 to 18 years old, to volunteer for 2 weeks on the Zanzibar Rural Teaching and Community Project, followed by a 5 day Tanzanian Safari, an overland trip that begins and ends in Nairobi, the focus being on the spectacular northern game parks of Tanzania. The itinerary included organised flights, airport transfers, orientation meetings lead by the project staff as well as transfer and accommodation bookings between the two activities.

Volunteering takes you out of your comfort zone but it was rewarding to meet the challenges head-on. Meeting the locals and helping them is an experience I will never forget. You can learn so much from how happy they are despite having so little.” – Katie

Example 2 – Private College in Abu Dabi : 16 – 18 year olds

Another example was arranging for a group of 20 students from a private college in Abu Dabi, aged 16 to 18 years old, to volunteer on the Kenya Teaching and Community Project, plus a short safari to Nakuru. The itinerary included organised flights, airport transfers, orientation meetings lead by the project staff as well as transfers, excursions, accommodation and meals.

We have had an amazing experience learning and laughing alongside these wonderful young men and women. In one day our students painted a two-story 14 room building with two coats of paint.  They also served the kids breakfast and lunch and cleaned the dishes so the staff could take a break.  The children helped the teachers on recess duty by dancing and playing with the kids.  They gave them more one-on-one attention than they have experienced in a long time and they loved it.  We can truly say that our hearts grew today – they ached in the process seeing little ones so young and with so little – but the growth is inspirational.

College trip abroad to Kenya teaching volunteer
Working with the locals in Kenya as part of a College trip

Today was our last day at worksite and we are happy to report that we finished the job!  Our students worked like crazy to finish everything – we really saw them come together as a team to complete their goal!  The art work is beautiful; the orphans will be so excited to live in such a bright and colourful place that was decorated with so much love. 

The last day of our trip was a phenomenal success. We began by organising some playtime on the playgrounds and doing some face painting.  The little ones loved having their faces coloured in different designs by our students.  After that we moved to the soccer pitch where the group organised games for the orphans, parachute games, limbo, balloon bounce, finger painting, bubbles, etc.  It is not easy to maintain 75  6 and under kids who speak Swahili, but with patience and care our students managed to have a fantastic time.  The day ended with heart-felt goodbyes.” 
Courtney, teacher and team leader, (Kenya Teaching & Community Project)

Take the stress and hassle away, and let Amanzi Travel organise your group trip!

Amanzi Travel can recommend a project based on ability, duration, activity, cost, location and personal skills, whether it is to achieve specific learning objectives, or simply to experience a period of personal discovery in a foreign environment. Safety is always a priority, especially for young people, and a full orientation is provided, plus a 24 hour support system, in country and in the UK. Give the Amanzi Travel team a call on +44 (0)117 253 0888 or email gemma@amanzitravel.co.uk

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Gemma

Gemma

A truly life changing experience, working on wildlife and community volunteering projects in Africa over eight years ago, convinced Gemma Whitehouse to give up her job as a Marketing Manager for an international organisation and use her skills and expertise to set up a company that would offer others the same amazing opportunities with a service second to none - thus Amanzi Travel was born.

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